Europeana Space: Creative with Digital Heritage Free Online Course by KU Leuven University

KU Leuven

KU Leuven University is offering free online course on Europeana Space: Creative with Digital Heritage. In this eight-week course, applicants will learn how to creatively reuse digital cultural content from professionals of the Europeana Space network.

The mission of this course is to share the creative ways with which people use and re-use Europeana and digital cultural content, to demonstrate what Europeana can bring to the learning community, and to bring about the essential concept that cultural content is not just to contemplate, but to live and engage with. This course will start on October 10, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours pw
Subject: Art & Culture
Institution: KU Leuven University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on October 10, 2017

Providers’ Details

Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

About This Course

The educational idea behind the E-Space MOOC is to lower barriers to the access and reuse of cultural heritage content on Europeana and similar sources, providing tutorials and trial versions of applications and tools alongside reading materials, useful tips and best practices gathered throughout the course of the project.

In every module (Photography, TV, Museums, Dance, Open and Hybrid Publishing, IPR…) the information provided is targeted – more or less explicitly – to different groups of learners:

  • Cultural heritage amateurs, students, and teachers. The information provided here concerns digital cultural heritage in a broad sense; different kinds of content are presented here and it is explained how to easily reuse them. No technical skills or understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the cultural sector are needed for this part.
  • GLAM professionals (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). The information provided here presuppose a professional knowledge of the sector. The aim is to help GLAM professional discovering and understanding useful tools – such as those on the E-Space platform and Europeana Labs – that can be used to enhance, remix, rethink, play with collections in new and fascinating ways.
  • This is the most technical part of each module and it is intended as a way for developers to discover the tools they can work with.

Why Take This Course?

How can you engage with and reuse the wealth of digital cultural heritage available online in many repositories such as Europeana? How can you become an active user of this content, using, remixing and reinventing it for your research, lessons, and development?

Whether you are a student or teacher with an interest in cultural heritage, a GLAM professional, a developer or simply a cultural heritage enthusiast without prior technical knowledge, this MOOC is for you.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to become creative with digital cultural heritage
  • What repositories, tools and APIs are available online
  • How to access and use them
  • How digital cultural heritage can be effectively and successfully reused
  • How to deal with Intellectual Property Rights in the context of reuse of digital cultural heritage


Jonathan Shaw

Co-Director of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab
Coventry University, UK

Joanna Zylinska

Professor of New Media and Communications
Goldsmiths, University of London

Charlotte Waelde

Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Coventry University, UK

Fred Truyen

Professor at the Faculty of Arts
Coordinator of the E-Space Photography pilot
University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Antonella Fresa

E-Space Technical Coordinator
Promoter SRL

Sarah Whatley

Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE)
E-Space Project Coordinator
Coventry University, UK



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